NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

 SAVANNAH, GA (September 19, 2010): Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police have one man in custody after an entering auto suspect rams a police car and attempts to flee.

Just after 12:00 a.m., officers were dispatched to a call of an entering auto in progress at West 41st and Desoto Avenue . The first officer approaching the scene observed a green Chevy Malibu attempting to leave a parking lot on the west side of Desoto Avenue. The officer, Brenden Curlee, activated his emergency equipment and signaled the driver to stop. The driver, ignoring the officers commands accelerated and struck a parked vehicle, then put his car in reverse and rammed the marked police car as the officer was attempting to exit his vehicle.

The driver abandoned his wrecked vehicle and jumped on the hood of police car in an attempt to flee. A second officer, Rebecca Blashford, arrived on scene and was able to intercept the suspect as he was running from Officer Curlee. The suspect, Alphonso Henneghan Sr, 48, began to actively fight both officers.

Henneghan began to grab at Officer Curlee’s weapon, attempting to grab his gun several times and removing his Asp baton during the fight. As the fight continued, Officer Curlee deployed OC spray, however Henneghan still struggled with the officers. As backup arrived on scene Henneghan was finally taken into custody.

Officer Curlee located multiple plastic baggies on the ground where HENNEGHAN had fought with them. A search of the suspect’s vehicle produced more of the same baggies and other drug related items.

HENNEGHAN was charged with; aggravated assault on a police officer, (2) attempting to take law enforcement weapon, (2) felony obstruction, sale of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, DUI less safe ( drugs), and (2) striking an unattended vehicle.  

Henneghan was transported to Memorial Hospital and is under guard. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.  

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